Women’s Soccer Hosts Temple, Radford This Weekend
Alexis Rogowsky and the Retrievers open play at UMBC Soccer Stadium this weekend.
Baltimore-The UMBC women’s soccer (1-2-1) team returns home this weekend to host Temple on Friday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. and Radford on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at UMBC Soccer Stadium, the first games the Retrievers will play on the new Bermuda grass field.
Looking Back: On the road twice last week, the Retrievers went 0-1-1, tying Longwood, 2-2, on Aug. 30, and falling to 25th-ranked Maryland, 6-0, on Sept. 4. Junior forward Jessica Young scored her team-best second goal of the season and senior midfielder Mary Hearin added her first of the year against the Lancers, but the game was called in the 83rd minute due to lightning. Sophomore goalie Catie Bukowski posted a season-high nine saves. UMBC was out-shot by the Terps, 25-6, but senior goalkeeper Robin Babaris, in her first game action in more than a year due to knee surgery, recorded nine saves in the game.
On the Owls: Temple is 1-2 on the season and coming off a 3-0 loss to UMBC’s America East rival Main on Sept. 1. The Owls’ only win of the season was a season-opening 1-0 victory over Bucknell, which was followed by a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh. Natalie Mell and Wendy Halina have each scored one goal for the Owls, while former Retriever Kersha Walker has the team’s only assist on the season. Goalie Liz Tarasevich has posted 20 saves on the season, with 13 coming in the opener against Bucknell. Temple was picked to finish 13th in the Atlantic-10 preseason coaches poll after going 4-13-2 overall in 2005 and placing 11th in the conference with a 2-5-2 mark.
Last Time vs. the Owls: The Retrievers have not faced the Owls since Sept. 13, 1995, when UMBC handed Temple a 4-2 loss in Philadelphia.
UMBC vs. Temple All-Time: The Retrievers and Owls have met four times, all in the early 1990s, with UMBC winning three of those contests.
On the Highlanders: Radford is 1-2 on the season and coming off a 3-1 victory over East Tennessee State on Sept. 3. The Highlanders opened the season with a 6-0 loss to Virginia Tech, followed by a 3-1 loss to Old Dominion. They will take on Howard on Friday before heading to Baltimore to face UMBC. Lisa Channon leads Radford with two goals and five points. Goalie Tara Oleartchick has posted a 2.00 GAA and a .778 save percentage, as she has stopped 14 shots and allowed four goals in 180 minutes. The Highlanders were picked to finish sixth in the Big South preseason coaches poll after going 7-13-0 overall in 2005 and placing seventh in the conference. Radford returns six starters and 15 letterwinners from a squad that reached the Big South semifinals after upsetting second-seeded High Point, before falling to eventual champion Liberty.
Last Time vs. the Highlanders: Radford defeated UMBC, 1-0, in overtime last season in Radford, Va. Lisa Channon scored from 12 yards out 8:41 into the extra period to give the Highlanders the victory. Retriever goalie Christine Bacinski matched her then-career high with eight saves.
UMBC vs. Radford All-Time: The Retrievers and Highlanders have met 12 times and the series is tied at 6-6. As former Big South Conference foes, the teams met every year from 1988-96, including twice in 1993 for the Big South Tournament semifinals. UMBC’s last victory over Radford was Oct. 8, 2004, a 2-1 win in Baltimore.
Moving Up the Ranks: With her goal against Longwood, junior forward Jessica Young moved into a tie with Shannon Bagrosky and Kathy Zonis for sixth place all-time at UMBC with 20 career goals scored. She also ranks 10th on the Retrievers’ list for points with 45, just two behind Christa Gredlein for ninth place. Junior midfielder Amy Morrison is among UMBC’s best in assists, ranking 10th all-time with eight helpers, just one behind former teammate Missy Moore for ninth place.
5. Kasy Kruger 23
6. Shannon Bagrosky 20
Kathy Zonis 20
Jessica Young 20
9. Ruth Higgins 18
Christa Gredlein 18
Nicole Grinspoon 18
5. Kristen Einarson 63
6. Theresa Rosbert 55
7. Shannon Bagrosky 50
8. Ruth Higgins 49
9. Christa Gredlein 47
10. Jessica Young 45
5. Kristen Einarson 13
Ruth Higgins 13
7. Christa Gredlein 11
8. Shannon Bagrosky 10
9. Missy Moore 9
10. Amy Morrison 8
Dawg Bites: The season-opening loss to GW on Aug. 25 was a heartbreaker, as the Colonials broke a scoreless tie with just 33 seconds remaining in regulation… Rider took the Retrievers to overtime on Aug. 27, but junior forward Jessica Young scored the game-winner in the 99th minute. It was the eighth game-winning goal of her career, with a conference-best six coming last season… Freshman Arielle Tagger assisted on Young’s goal for the first point of her career… Freshman forward Michelle Worrest scored the Retrievers’ first goal of the season against the Broncs, marking the second time in three years that a freshman has scored the first goal of the year for UMBC… The six goals the Retrievers allowed to Maryland on Sept. 4 were the most UMBC has allowed since a 6-1 loss to the Terps on Sept. 1, 1999… The loss could have been more lopsided if not for senior goalie Robin Babaris’ nine saves in 75 minutes as a backup. The game marked Babaris’ return to the soccer field after missing all of 2005 and the first three games of 2006 with a torn ACL. A three-year starter prior to her injury, she earned America East all-conference honors in each of the previous two seasons… The Retrievers have yet to score in the first half but did not allow a first-period goal until the fourth game of the season when they gave up four to Maryland… The Retrievers have been shut out twice in the first four games of the season, the most since 2003, when they were blanked in four of the first five games.